Bridges to Literacy: Learning from Reading Recovery

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Diane E. DeFord, Carol A. Lyons, Gay Su Pinnell
Pearson Education Canada, 1991 - Education - 234 pages
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In 1984, Carol Lyons and Diane DeFord joined the team of Charlotte Huck and Gay Su Pinnell in a new venture: implementing Reading Recovery as a small pilot project in Columbus, Ohio. Ever since that time, they have been on a fascinating "transitional" journey, seeking to make connections between their previous beliefs and understandings about children and teachers as learners and readers, and new insights they were having through their work with teachers and children. This book is entitled Bridges to Literacy because it attempts to represent the routes, or bridges, the authors have formed between two adjacent ideas: one-on one instruction and classroom instruction.

One question they are often asked about Reading Recovery is "Why can't it be done in groups?" Reading Recovery was designed by Marie Clay and her colleagues to solve a problem they were having in excellent classroom environments. Some children were not engaging in the classroom demonstrations these teachers were devising; they needed finely tuned, one-on-one instruction from "noticing" teachers who could follow their every move to confirm and lead them into building a firm knowledge base about strategies in reading. However, many of the procedures and materials used in Reading Recovery are based on good instructional techniques that classroom teachers may use with groups of children.

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Contents

The Case
37
ON READING AND READERS
75
FIVE Literacy Environments That Support Strategic Readers
97
Copyright

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About the author (1991)

CAROL LYONS is Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, where she teaches graduate courses in reading, learning and cognition, and professional development courses for university and district-level trainers in Reading Recovery and the Literacy Collaborative. For the past twenty years, she has conducted research and published numerous articles and book chapters on teacher thinking/learning and practice, reading, and learning/reading disability. Lyons is coauthor (with Gay Su Pinnell and Diane DeFord) of Partners in Learning: Teachers and Children in Reading Recovery and coeditor (with Diane DeFord and Gay Su Pinnell) of Bridges to Literacy: Learning from Reading Recovery, which is published by Heinemann.GAY SU PINNELL is a professor in the School of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. She has extensive experience in classroom teaching and field-based research, and in developing comprehensive approaches to literacy education. She has received the International Reading Associations Albert J. Harris Award for research and the Charles A. Dana Foundation Award for her contributions to the field of education. She is also a member of the Reading Hall of Fame.DIANE E. DEFORD associate professor, Educational Theory and Practice, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Diane teaches courses on reading and writing methods and evaluation in addition to co-directing the Reading Recovery program for the state of Ohio.

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